DEN TCEA Pre-Con A Thundering Success!

The Discovery Educator Network held a TCEA pre-conference event on Tuesday, February 2, at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. It was well-attended and included break-out sessions on topics such as the 50 ways to integrate Discovery streaming; multimedia presentations that POP; Director’s Cut (digital storytelling); and overviews of Discovery Science and Media Share. Many of the educators in attendance were not yet STARs, but I have a feeling the stars will be shining even brighter in Texas over the next few weeks as several of them put in their applications to become STARs and conduct events. 

The day ended with the viewing of the museum’s history-packed movie in the theater, complete with locusts, snakes, and a hurricane! The movie was presented on several screens, with diorama effects, rumbling seats, wind and mist, and numerous other special effects that put us directly into the action! It was a great way to end the event.

Later that evening, the Texas Leadership Council, some STARs, and Discovery Education personnel enjoyed a dinner at the Iron Cactus where we learned that educators in the state of Texas downloaded 10 million video clips last year! Isn’t that amazing? Of course, we are called the biggest and the best for a reason! 

If you are attending TCEA and would like to be a guest blogger to share some of the things you’ve been learning, email and I’ll get you set up! 


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  1. Kay Adams said:

    As always, the action packed informative DEN session at TCEA was very engaging and productive. The next day I meet with others from my district and told them about the session. All of them want to become a STAR. I have sent the information out on how to become a STAR many times but once I was able to share some tips and ideas from the session, they are starting on the process of becoming a STAR. I am looking forward to checking out the professional development tab for additional information. A HUGE thank you to Justin and his team for putting so much energy into the workshops. Cannot wait until another one is offered!

  2. Kelli Erwin said:

    What can I say? The day was great!! There are always new ideas presented and websites to explore, not to mention a perfect venue for the location. Thanks to the DEN crew for creating such an eventful day. The Texas history movie at the end really had me on the edge of my seat or jumping out of it at times. Looking forward to our next “get together.”

  3. Beth Weeks said:

    What an AWESOME day! As I always I learned something new to take back and use in my classroom!
    Thank you Justin for all your hard work and for finding a GREAT place for us to meet!
    I brought someone with me and she is excited about getting her STAR status back and is encouraging others around her to do the same!!
    Thanks again!!!

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